Persuasive Writing

What is Persuasive Writing?

Persuasive writing is writing where you try to convince someone to take a particular issue on a point. Persuasive writing may be designed to convince the reader to take your position on a particular issue or may be designed to convince the reader to take a certain action.

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How to Write an Argumentative Essay by Shmoop
With an elbow partner discuss whether or not homework should be assigned daily in our class.


Now that you have discussed your ideas with your partner, write a letter to your teacher expressing your opinion/point of view.


After you've written your letter, reread it and highlight any persuasive words or phrases that support your stance/opinion on the subject

Paragraph Writing

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There are five key parts to a paragraph. With your elbow partner, try to guess the five key parts.






A paragraph is about ONE MAIN IDEA!!!!!!!

ELA 3: Introduction to Paragraphs


You are going to write your own paragraph. Each time that your teacher tells you that you are going to write your own paragraph, you need to start organizing your ideas. Your paper should look like this:
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Remember that writing a paragraph needs five key parts. Around your oval, input the five key parts. For example:
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Now that you have set up your page, write your own paragraph about what would keep you up at night? What keeps you thinking? What makes you worry? What are you excited about? Write one paragraph - ONE MAIN IDEA!!!


Take a look at the topic sentence in the paragraph written above. Think of ways that it can be improved. In your language notebook write five different topic sentences that can replace: Writing a paragraph is easy.

How Does Your Voice Change?

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Think about how your voice changes according to whom you are speaking to in the following situations. Look at the different audiences below. What does your audience want to hear? That about your use of language and grammar. How do the sentences change? Write one or two sentences for each example.

a) a friend

b) a parent/family member

c) your teacher or principal

Situation Examples

You need to borrow money

You disagree with someone's opinion

You are feeling upset with someone


Prewriting: Identifying Your Audience

Your teacher has shared with you, via Sharepoint. Take a look at the document titled Voices. As a group, using the different audiences shown above, complete the graphic organizer. Out of your group of three, each of you will write to each audience type. One will write to a friend, the other to a parent/family member and finally the last person will write to a teacher/principal.


Once you have each written your paragraphs, on chart paper discuss the similarities and differences between each audience type.


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What does it mean to research? Have you ever had to research for an assignment? How did you do it? Was it difficult or easy?
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In pairs, choose one website. Explore whether or not the websites would be credible enough to be used in research.

When you are looking at each website, use the graphic provided to help you make your decision.

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Using the data you have collected above, write why you would, or wouldn't recommend this website to a friend to use for research.
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Looking at the data you have collected, write a paragraph to the website author explaining to them your thoughts about why you have chosen to use their website for research.


Write a paragraph describing how to evaluate websites for research.

Thesis Statement

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How To Write A Killer Thesis Statement by Shmoop

A thesis statement:

  • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself.
  • makes a claim that others might dispute.
  • is usually a single sentence near the beginning of your paper (most often, at the end of the first paragraph) that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.